Naval power and the future of assured access
The Joint Operational Access Concept, which describes how the U.S. military will approach anti-access and area-denial challenges, identifies three trends that require a joint force solution:...
By Maj. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie
The business side of AFSOC
The Air Force’s special operators, having spent a decade honing their skills in far-flung combat zones, must begin to seek expertise in a different kind of theater: military...
By Lt. Col. Nathan Scopac
To the White House for refusing to explain the legal underpinnings to its targeted killing program.
To President Obama for nominating Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.
To DARPA for putting a new wrinkle in weapons development: crowd-sourcing.
Turning acquisition on its head
Whatever happened to performance-based logistics? In 2001, the Pentagon declared PBL its preferred approach to maintaining and supporting weapons. The Defense Department still believes in...
By Lance M. Bacon
In this issue
If “a ship’s a fool to fight a fort,” as the Nelsonian wisdom had it, what happens when the fort can see and shoot over the horizon? Or when the “fort” becomes...
At war with fatigue
F atigue in war is as old as war itself, and somehow has become an ennobling virtue when endured. Many classical texts express admiration for the man who is seemingly impervious to fatigue....
By David Lex Brown, J. Lynn Caldwell and Joseph F. Chandler
Counterinsurgency & common sense
The American armed forces have once again come full circle on counterinsurgency doctrine and operations. They became involved with counterinsurgency in 2003 out of need, and are ending it a...
By Joseph J. Collins
Competition in cyberspace
High-end cyber weapons and espionage platforms such as Stuxnet and Flame are to cyber power what the Navy SEALs are to the U.S. military — exceptional yet singular. Just as a focus on...
By Adam Elkus